Best Turn-of-the-Century Outdoor Public Shower - 2002
JACOB RIIS PARK
There was a time, long ago, when the beaches of Rockaway were the cat's meow of all city vacation retreats: luxurious hotels, amusement parks, everything rich about urban escape and the age of wonderful nonsense. Little evidence still exists, but if you find yourself on the beach at JACOB RIIS PARK, down at the end of the boardwalk there are six public showers. The cast-iron heads look like sunflowers and waste tons of water. Step onto the foot platform like onto a doctor's scale, and gallons of nostalgic moments cascade down over your head. Standing proud at about seven feet, the public showers are an ornate reminder of urban glory.